God designed all Mankind should at all times know, what he wills them to know, believe, profess, and practice; and has given them no other Means for this, but the Use of Reason.
Matters of fact, which as Mr Budgell somewhere observes, are very stubborn things.
I am so far from thinking the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ to differ, that I think the plain and simple maxims of the former, will help to illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter, accommodated to the then way of speaking.
Navarette, a Chinese missionary, agrees with Leibniz and says that "It is the special providence of God that the Chinese did not know what was done in Christendom; for if they did, there would be never a man among them, but would spit in our faces.
(Those who) impute such actions to God, as make Him resemble the worst of beings, and so run into downright Demonism.
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